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7/10/08

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Greta got to hold a "real" dagger!!!!!


Checking out some of the material used for weaving...yak wool, silk, and sheep wool. Behind the kids you can see the loom and the woman weaving very intricate designs from memory....the girls learn how to weave at the age of 10 from their mothers.




This man was amazing...very happy...we could ask him questions through an interpreter . He showed us how to make yak butter and how to use a whip.



From this man we learned all about the food of Bhutan....the national dish, which we ate, is made from yak butter, yak cheese, and chilies. It was very good!
Smithsonian castle



The people from Bhutan use these for funeral ceremonies...they believe the evil gets wrapped up these, and after the ceremony they throw them away.


They are a bit like god's eyes only so much more elaborate.




The children had an opportunity to make one.



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